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KXCI’s Top 100 Albums of 2016

January 4, 2017
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On December 30th we played KXCI’s Top 100 albums of 2016. This list was compiled from ALL the KXCI playlists for every show during 2016. Therefore this list represents all the DJ’s and their collective favorite new releases, as they actually played them throughout the year.

Looking forward to a great year of music in 2017!

Here are links to the day’s playlists for: YMB, MMM, AMM, THS and the whole list.

Rank Artist Album Label
1 Various Day Of The Dead 4AD
2 XIXA Bloodline Barbes
3 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings
4 Ray LaMontagne Ouroboros RCA
5 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down A Man Alive Ribbon Music
6 Dr. Dog The Psychedelic Swamp Anti-
7 Fruit Bats Absolute Loser Easy Sound
8 Michael Franti & Spearhead Soulrocker Fantasy
9 Andrew Bird Are You Serious Concord Loma Vista
10 Santigold 99 Cents Atlantic Records
11 case/lang/veirs case/lang/veirs Anti-
12 The Kills Ash & Ice Domino
13 Paul Simon Stranger To Stranger Concord Records
14 Wilco Schmilco Anti-
15 Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial Matador
16 David Bowie Blackstar Columbia
17 Charles Bradley Changes Daptone Records
18 Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Atlantic Records
19 Jillian and the Giants Mr. Airplane Jillian and the Giants Music
20 Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression Loma Vista
21 Loretta Lynn Full Circle Legacy Recordings
22 Laura and the Killed Men Everchanging Trail Prophette
23 Tacocat Lost Time Hardly Art
24 Drive-By Truckers American Band ATO Records (AT0)
25 PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project Island Records / Caroline
26 Grant-Lee Phillips The Narrows Yep Roc
27 The Lemon Drop Gang I’m Not The One Lemon Drop Music
28 Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate Polydor Ltd.
29 Cass McCombs Mangy Love Anti/Epitaph
30 Various (Los Lobos, etc.) Quiero Creedence Concord Picante Records
31 Pipelights 518 Pipelights
32 Yeasayer Amen & Goodbye Mute
33 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Person A Community Music
34 Beth Orton Kidsticks Anti-
35 HINDS Leave Me Alone Mom + Pop
36 Regina Spektor Remember Us To Life Sire
37 Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley Tuff Gong
38 Katie Haverly Aviary Katie Haverly
39 Leonard Cohen You Want it Darker Columbia
40 Margaret Glaspy Emotions and Math ATO Records
41 Shearwater Jet Plane and Oxbow Sub Pop Records
42 The Head and the Heart Signs of Light Warner Bros.
43 Carl Broemel 4th of July Thirty Tigers
44 Orkesta Mendoza ¡Vamos a Guarachar! Glitterbeat Records
45 Cage The Elephant Tell Me I’m Pretty RCA
46 Quilt Plaza Mexican Summer
47 The Monkees Good Times! Rhino
48 Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions ATO Records
49 Norah Jones Day Breaks Blue Note
50 Parquet Courts Human Performance Rough Trade
51 Marlon Williams Marlon Williams Dead Oceans
52 Band of Horses Why Are You OK Interscope
53 Kelley Stoltz In Triangle Time Castle Face
54 Mavis Staples Livin’ on a High Note Anti-
55 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree Bad Seed Ltd/Kobalt
56 Okkervil River Away ATO Records
57 Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Love Letter for Fire Sub Pop
58 Shovels & Rope Little Seeds New West
59 Mexrrissey No Manchester Nacional
60 Bob Weir Blue Mountain Columbia/Legacy
61 Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a Levee Merge Records
62 Damien Jurado Visions of Us on the Land Secretly Canadian
63 Fitz & The Tantrums Fitz & The Tantrums Elektra Records
64 Grimes Art Angels 4AD
65 Steve Gunn Eyes On The Lines Matador
66 The Felice Brothers Life in the Dark Yep Roc
67 The Mission Creeps Fright Night Creep Out! Refractory Records
68 Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Thirdman
69 Ohioan Empty / Every Mt Gold Robot
70 Shura Nothing’s Real Interscope
71 Chris Robinson Brotherhood Any Way You Love, Silver Arrow Records
72 Jim James Eternally Even ATO Records
73 Nahko and Medicine for the People Hoka sideonedummy
74 Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
75 Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino Recording Co
76 Eric Bachmann Eric Bachmann Merge Records
77 Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue Electro-Fi Records
78 John Doe The Westerner Cool Rock Records
79 Lake Street Dive Side Pony Nonesuch
80 M. Ward More Rain Merge
81 Things That Aren’t Words Remember the Details Things That Aren’t Words
82 Deep Sea Diver Secrets High Beam
83 Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Glassnote
84 Richard Ashcroft These People Harvest Records
85 The Soul of John Black Early in the Moanin’ Cadazra
86 Eric Krasno Blood from Stone Feel Records
87 Ra Ra Riot Need Your Light Barsuk Records
88 The Avalanches Wildflower XL Recordings
89 Alejandro Escovedo Burn Something Beautiful Fantasy/Concord
90 Deerhoof The Magic Polyvinyl Records
91 Lee Harvey Osmond Beautiful Scars Latent Records
92 Violent Femmes We Can Do Anything [PIAS]
93 Animal Collective Painting With Domino Recording Co
94 Dinosaur Jr. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not Jagjaguwar / Hostess
95 Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20 Highway 20 Records
96 Rogue Wave Delusions of Grand Fur Easy Sound
97 Tedeschi Trucks Band Let Me Get By Concord Music Group
98 The Lumineers Cleopatra Dualtone
99 White Denim Stiff Downtown Records
100 tie Bombino Azel Partisan Records
100 tie Charlie Faye & the Fayettes Charlie Faye & The Fayettes Bigger Better More Records
100 tie Willie Nelson For the Good Times: Trib. to Ray Price Legacy


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